Coronavirus (541) Madagascar 'herbal cure' (2) Tanzanian president promises to import Madagascar's 'cure'

3 May, 2020

Extracts from a BBC news item below. Full text: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-52519853

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The president of Tanzania says he will send a plane to Madagascar to import a herbal tonic which has been touted as a cure for coronavirus by the country's president.

Congo-Brazzaville's president has also promised to import the drink.

It is produced from the artemisia plant - the source of an ingredient used in a malaria treatment.

The World Health Organization has said there is no proof of any cure and has advised people against self-medicating.

The drink was launched as Covid-Organics and was being marketed after being tested on fewer than 20 people over a period of three weeks, the president's chief of staff Lova Hasinirina Ranoromaro told the BBC...

Speaking on TV, Tanzania's President John Magufuli said... "I am communicating with Madagascar, and they have already written a letter saying they have discovered some medicine. We will despatch a flight to bring the medicine so that Tanzanians can also benefit..." he said...

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